Joint Communication on the Global EU response to COVID-19

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Joint Communication published by the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the European Union's global response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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As the world's largest donor and a leading economic power, the European Union (EU) sought to step up its efforts to support partners across the world in facing the global coronavirus pandemic.

The collection action was to focus on addressing the immediate health crisis and resulting humanitarian needs, strengthening partner countries' health, water and sanitation systems and their research and preparedness capacities to deal with the pandemic, as well as mitigating the socioeconomic impact. To underpin these actions, the EU was to secure financial support to partner countries amounting to over €15.6 billion from existing external action resources.

The EU's response follows a 'Team Europe' approach, aimed at saving lives by providing quick and targeted support to partner countries to face this pandemic. It combines resources from the EU, its Member States and financial institutions. The EU was also to promote a coordinated multilateral response, in partnership with other international organisations and groupings.

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EPRS: At a Glance, April 2020: The EU's global response to coronavirus
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The Brussels Times, 07/04/2020: Coronavirus: EU secures €15 billion for vulnerable countries worldwide
Reuters, 08/04/2020: EU to provide 20 billion euros for Africa and Latin America to fight coronavirus
EurActiv, 08/04/2020: EU unveils €15bn COVID rescue plan, but includes no new money

European Commission: Press Release, 08/04/2020: Coronavirus: EU global response to fight the pandemic
European Commission: Q&A: Global EU response to the coronavirus pandemic (8 April 2020)
EU EEAS: Press Release, 08/04/2020: Coronavirus: European Union launches “Team Europe” package to support partner countries with more than €20 billion

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